• chicken
  • vegetables
  • rice
  • coconut milk
  • tomato paste
  • cumin
  • turmeric
  • ginger

I was at Costco on Saturday during rush hour. You know, the time of day when EVERYONE is at Costco. I had a cart and really wished it had a blinker, because making turns into lanes was nearly impossible without crashing into four more carts, with owners waiting for free samples. I was in a hurry. I got milk (for making yogurt), half and half, eggs, and got my ink cartridge re-filled. I passed the cooler where they sell freshly made sauces, such as hummus, tzatziki, and pesto. The Masala sauce caught my eye. Indian food. It’s so delicious, but so hard to make from scratch, takes lots of special and fancy ingredients, and time…I’m so busy this weekend, I do not have time to make much. I think I’ll buy this. No wait, let’s read the ingredients. “coconut milk, tomato paste, spices, etc. etc. etc.”  Well heck! I can make that myself. So I walked away from it, found a short line and checked out. At home I was busy working all day. By 6pm no dinner had been started. I’m exhausted. I could make something easier, but I really want to make Indian food and I have a lot of chicken thawed in the fridge, tons of veggies from the garden, and all the stuff needed for that Masala type sauce. So I went for it!

I’m sorry I didn’t measure anything, so if you’d like to try this recipe, you’ll have to be adventurous and trust your instincts. Always begin with less, you can always add more.

Into one pan I sauteed chicken, chard, carrots, zucchini, onion, garlic, green beans, and olive oil.

In another pan I started some white rice and added curry powder.

In a third small saucepan I combined the following:  1 can of coconut milk, 2 oz. tomato paste, a generous sprinkling of ginger, turmeric, and cumin. I heated this through, stirring often.

I served this meal by putting rice on the plate, adding the stir fried veggie mix, and pouring the sauce over it all. Topped it off with plain yogurt. It was so good, no salt added, very little fat, and my 2 year old enjoyed it and had seconds and thirds.

Added bonus:  Turmeric is proven to ward off Alzheimer’s disease! Yay! So even if you don’t make my new dish, you should try adding turmeric and/or curry powder to some of your food, it’s good for your brain!!